Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Unbelievable, here it is in the middle of November and I'm still riding outside. This is central Illinois not Florida but I'm loving it!! 70 degree temps with a 5-10 mph wind. Love this "global warming". Harry called yesterday and is planning a trip to the states when Barbie rides from Champaign to Boston in June. He indicated he might do the entire ride with Barbie starting in Champaign. I am definitely going to meet with them and perhaps ride to Crawsfordville IN. with them. Haven't decided yet but looking forward to meeting them in Champaign. I know all the women at Hubers will be looking forward to seeing Harry. Even though they couldn't understand a word he said they loved the British accent. If any of you other 09er"s have nothing better to do join us. It would make a great reunion. More later as I'm looking forward to avoiding my work schedule and doing my bike route the rest of the week. The temps are supposed to stay in the 60-70 degree range until the weekend with relatively light winds.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Looks like today may be the last day of biking outdoors. I finished a 40 mile ride yesterday with the temp at 48 degrees. However, the wind was from the east at 12-15 mph so it seemed much cooler. Today the wind is supposed to gust into the 20's so unless I want to do a repeated Delhart ride I will use the stationary one at the local gym. Starting to get a bit of wanderlust so I have finished my plans to ride the Al-Can highway. Ronni, the lovely one, is still a bit reluctant but I can tell she is weakening. Otherwise, I have hatched a solo plan with a reasonable chance of success. But, the starting date is next Spring, however, as we all know plans can change.
On another note, a touring semi-tractor trailer promoting the Library of Congress made a stop here in Washington. It is travelling across the U.S. with an exhibit containing Library of Congress information. Oddly enough, while talking to the library director, a comment was made about going across the country and it was mentioned a member of the Washington community, me, had bicycled across the country. The VanGelders, who are in charge of the exhibit, mentioned they followed my blog as I biked across the country. They asked if I were available to meet with them. Of course I found it in my schedule to do so. We all went out for dinner and enjoyed a pleasant evening of dining and conversation. I often wondered about all the people who followed my blog as many did not sign up as followers. Often I had over 300 hits per day so this gave me some insight as to why that number was what it was. I now know that for some reason people from across the country seem to be interested in these types of activities. Following is the VanGelders website and the October 25th post relates to our visit. More later